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Students falling behind grade levels

Testing shows elementary/middle schoolers are at least one grade level behind.

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Most Hawai‘i elementary and middle schoolers are at least one grade level behind, testing shows
An analysis of fall testing data indicates that three-quarters of Hawai‘i’s public school students in first through eighth grades were at least one or two grade levels behind in math after the first quarter of the 2021-22 school year, while two-thirds were also behind in English language arts. Star-Advertiser.

Native Hawaiian trailblazer Suzanne Vares-Lum named East-West Center president
Suzanne Vares-Lum will be both the first Native Hawaiian and the first woman to lead the institution. She’s a former major general in the U.S. Army. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat.

Slight increase in Japanese visitors after eased restrictions, but obstacles remain
According to daily visitor counts from the state, 720 Japanese visitors traveled to the state in the week after restrictions were lifted — fewer visitors than the previous seven days. Officials said there are obstacles for Japanese visitors, such as their government’s quarantine rules when going back home. Hawaii Public Radio.

Hawai‘i’s unemployment rate drops to 6.3% in October
The drop continued a gradual declining trend since the start of the coronavirus pandemic when large parts of the tourism and hospitality industries shut down. The state’s jobless rate peaked at 23.8% in April 2020. Hawaii News Now.

Grandparents Help Hawai‘i Parents Get the Job Done
Grandmothers and grandfathers are storytellers, sources of wisdom, keepers of family legacies and teachers. But perhaps their most important role in Hawai‘i is to help working parents raise their keiki… read more.
O‘ahu’s short-term rental rule decision likely to extend an additional 4 months
Holiday scheduling delays at the Honolulu City Council mean owners of short-term rental properties will likely have to wait longer for a decision on new rules that would extend the minimum stay for guests from 30 days to 180 days. Star-Advertiser.

Up to 50% of a new hotel tax fund could go to the Honolulu rail — which has an estimated cost of $11.4 billion
A Honolulu City Council committee Wednesday agreed to allocate between one-third to one-half of revenues from a proposed visitor bed tax to the city’s rail transit project. Hawaii Public Radio.

Army Corps of Engineers, city try again on Ala Wai flood control — this time with more modest goals
Officials are now looking to protect the area from more frequent storms, not just a once in a century flood. The original scope included large retention basins to hold back floodwaters in Mānoa and Pālolo along with 4-foot-high walls along the banks of the Ala Wai Canal. Hawaii News Now.

State seeking to sell affordable rental housing complex in Wai‘anae
Board members of the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. unanimously approved a plan Thursday to sell the 72-unit project called Kulia I Ka Nu‘u with a land lease. The agency expects that a private investor can better serve tenants by adding on-site support serv­ices while maintaining affordable rental rates for households with low incomes. Star-Advertiser.

Why it’s so hard for homeless people to collect seized belongings on O‘ahu
Civil rights advocates say the storage warehouse is too hard to reach and homeless people should be allowed to keep possessions needed to survive. Under Honolulu’s stored property ordinance, homeless people have 45 days to retrieve their belongings before they’re thrown away, recycled, donated or sold. Civil Beat.

August Bad, September Much Worse for Hawai‘i Restaurants

Sales at Hawai‘i restaurants continued their plunge in September, dropping 14% from August – which itself was down from July’s peak, according to the Food Gurus Hawaii Restaurant Index… read more.

Big Island residents not exempt from proposed hotel tax 
Big Island residents will not be exempt from a proposed extra 3% tax on hotel, timeshare and transient vacation rental charges, despite efforts from County Council members. A county official said the measure passed by the state legislature authorizing the county tax did not authorize the counties to exempt anyone from that tax. Tribune-Herald.

Tour van burns on Mauna Kea; 9 escape after smelling smoke while driving
The driver and eight passengers of a tour van heading to the summit of Mauna Kea on Nov. 9 had to evacuate the vehicle after it caught fire and was eventually engulfed in flames. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Public Radio. Big Island Video News. Big Island Now. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.

My Job as an Animal Trainer for the Big and Small Screens

“One of the first jobs we did on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ was with a Siberian husky that had to bark on cue. I met five huskies and picked one and it was a great dog. Then I got my Labrador, more.
New Maui Police Chief picks deputy from Las Vegas
Incoming Maui Police Chief John Pelletier has chosen a fellow colleague of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) to be his second in command. Charles L. Hank III has worked more than 30 years in law enforcement with the LVMPD, where he was part of the executive staff leadership. Maui News.

$3 million federal grant to help replace Kaupakalua Bridge
The structure was wiped out during catastrophic flooding in Ha‘ikū in March. The bridge project will bring relief to more than 200 rural residents in and around Ha‘ikū, saving them extra driving miles and bringing them closer to vital services. Maui News.

Local officials urge drivers to slow down after 2 nēnē geese die after being struck by cars
Since nēnē nesting season coincides with the holidays, they may be seen crossing busy roads now through April. Officials said there are approximately 15 nēnē in the busy Kahului area, moving between Kanahā Pond Wildlife Sanctuary and Kanahā Beach Park. Star-Advertiser. Maui NowKHON2.

Partial humpback whale birth off Maui, detailed in scientific publication
Underwater footage captured by author Deborah Patton’s GoPro on Feb. 3, 2020 reveal an in-process birth with two male escorts surrounding the mother in labor after approaching a whale watching boat operated by Captain Steve’s Rafting Adventures in Lahaina. Maui Now.

Solid Waste Management Plan adoption delayed
The Kaua‘i County Council citied the need for further discussion. The 161-page document provides cost analysis, identifies waste-management priorities and charts recommended paths forward, but is not law. Garden Island.

Kamalani Inclusive Playground construction begins
The playground is designed for keiki with developmental disabilities.The design addresses physical, social, emotional, sensory, communication and cognitive activities children with developmental disabilities encounter. It’s expected to be completed in spring 2022. Garden Island.

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